Motivating your Team

Motivate Your Team for Their Best Season Ever
Dan Cottrell

The mental side of the game is something we often overlook, but it’s vital to your game. Motivating Your Team is a practical guide to mentally preparing your players and improving your performance.


Winning rugby isn’t just about having better skills or perfect moves. It’s also about being motivated and prepared mentally.

Motivating Your Team highlights ways, some simple and some more complex, which you can adopt to improve your teams mental game and get the most out of your training sessions.

Packed into its 61 pages, motivating contains valuable expert insight from coaches, players and sports psychologists, including:

  • Frank Hadden, former Scotland head coach
  • Mike Ruddock, Grand Slam winner coach with Wales and now coach of Lansdowne FC.
  • Peter Tann, a qualified rugby coach and sports psychologist based in the UK.

Divided into four main areas, Motivating Your Team looks at the strategies and techniques you can adopt today:

  1. Improving your performance, your effectiveness and adding value to your training sessions.
  2. Enhancing your players’ skills through focused training, to improve techniques through pressure situations.
  3. Team building to motivate players to perform as a group.
  4. Creating confident and motivated players, to directly affect your team’s performance come match day.

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Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section. He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup. He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.